EMUI_  EuroMed University

Department | Social Technology and Digital Citizenship (STC)

Social Observatory

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MEMBERS | Provisional assignment


Attached to the Department of EuroMed: Social Technology and Digital Citizenship are considered the Professors and researchers of the corresponding Departments of the Consortium Universities that undertake teaching and research responsability in any of the EMUI programmes.

Department Goals and Objectives:


Modern societies are shored up by fundamental principles that legitimate every system claiming the appellative of democratic, and pursue to set the conditions for the instauration and stability of a welfare society. These aims are not possible without the referent of the “knowledge society”, which is expected to count with agents of the proper or generated resources. This management must not only meet the profile of the users, but also be assisted by educational policies, which disseminate the resources and promote their rational administration. A political program of this nature is, at the same time, impossible without recurrent academic-research programs.

Observatory “Euro-Med: Social Technology And Digital Citizenship”

The Euro-Mediterranean University Institute of Malta, in cooperation with the Complutense University of Madrid and under the patronage of the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation, sets up the Project “Euro-Med: Social Technology  and Digital Citizenship”, a digital monitoring observatory available for public and private institutions interested in the area. The University Department emerges with a triple goal: promoting the social ownership of the technology in order to contribute to the eradication of the gap in the Mediterranean area and to foster the development of a digital citizenship within the framework of the construction of the concept of Europe. This initiative complements the theoretical-practical training of those attending the Master “Information and Knowledge Society”, an academic program offered by the institutions mentioned above, which is an equally valid complementary training for professionals coming from adjacent areas.

The observatory aims at analyzing different initiatives focused on studying the concept of digital citizenship in order to build a Euro-Mediterranean common space, going further euro centrism temptations.  This concept is an essential issue to integrate a community in which the digital gap finds itself at the same time with other cultural, racial, economic and territorial long standing gaps, which undermine the attempts to carry out a deep modernization of the idea of Europe and a cultural and political harmonization between the borders of the Mediterranean. This specific Euro-Mediterranean citizenship is based on the social ownership of the technology, and the consequent impact on democracy, the Human Rights fourth generation, the digital inclusive policies and the electronic governance development. 

Based on descriptors such as "Citizenship and new technologies", "Citizenship and information", "Digital monitoring" the Observatory, on a specific need and descriptor ("Information Society and Globalization Cosmopolitan") is divided into the following sub-departments: 1 "Media Lab", 2 "Digital Gap", 3 "Digital Diaspora", 4 "Knowledge and Free Software" and 5 "Digital Citizenship and Digital Gap"

Given the fact that this Department operates inside the structure of the Euro-Mediterranean University Institute, all the work and research will be mainly focused on the Mediterranean area. To this end, we pretend to cover the following activities:

1. A Media Lab dealing with the research on social networks and production of free knowledge.
2. A specific research area about the digital gap, in order to generate useful indicators showing and comparing the current situation of our focus area with other areas in the world.
3. A research area dealing with the “digital Diaspora”, having in account that this concept implies the use of new technologies such as mobiles, laptops and different communication systems that allow social cohesion among the migrants communities.
4. A software and free knowledge Observatory focused on the Mediterranean area, which will be in charged on producing reports about the developments and implementation of the new technologies in the region, as well as the recommendations on these issues, especially those concerning the integration of these technologies in the public administration and the e-governance.
5. An advising department dealing with the digital citizenship, as a tool to fight against the digital gap, to foment the cohesion among the different communities that live in the area and providing their own technology to the developing countries in the area.

Goals |
As we have indicated the specific objectives are:

1) forming and informing the public and governments in the area,
2) establishing a stable track digital observatory serving citizens and institutions,
3) making a new generation of academics lead the project and giving them the opportunity,
4) achieving greater involvement of politicians and businessmen in the proposed objectives,
5) and implementing the mechanisms for similar programs recommended by the European Commission.

Supporting Educational Program

As mentioned above, in the framework of the EMUI post-graduate educational program, we offer the on-line Master Information and Knowledge Society, which is a force that must complement the main objective of the project: the creation of a digital tracking observatory. Together with this program, the EMUI offers as well the Master European Union and Mediterranean: Historical, Cultural, Political, Economic and Social Bases.

These courses are the result of an integration process of academic networks which work on European and Mediterranean issues. It is aimed at educating professionals with a specific vision, with the capacity to foment the integration among Europe, the South and the East Mediterranean. Therefore, the priority lines are: the evolution of the European integration and the operation of its institutions, the development of the legal and economic infrastructures, the development cooperation, the socio-economic European culture, the community policies and especially their Euro-Mediterranean projection. Thus it is offered a postgraduate course of excellence, which permits the acquisition of theoretical and practical knowledge and the expertness of its students in European Union issues.

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